Seven innocent and unarmed Amarnath pilgrims were killed brutally by terrorists in Kashmir. Devoted Hindus, they fell to a hail of bullets of those who cannot be called humans. Of course, terrorist attacks are normal in Kashmir but till now most of these attacks are against personnel of the security forces. This is one of the rare instances when terrorists killed civilians.
People pay respects to Amarnath pilgrims. PTI
So some humans decided to organize a #NotInMyName protest to condemn the act carried out by Islamic terrorists against devout Hindus.
Photos and videos from the protest were posted on social media and YouTube. But while watching one such video, something weird came up.
In the first three minutes of one video, shot at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, one of the participants is heard delivering a statement on behalf of the campaign. He looks at his mobile phone and reads out the statement in Hindi.
It is immaterial who wrote it because the problem is that the statement doesn’t appear to be seriously condemning the terror attack. On the contrary, it appears to be drawing our attention to something else.
Here are excerpts from the statement translated to English and our observations on the same:
Why not use the word “terrorists”? Those in the protest either didn’t know that terrorists from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) killed the pilgrims or did not want to acknowledge that terrorists killed pilgrims or, perhaps, were insinuating something even more sinister.
Pointing out that the pilgrims came under attack this way is like saying that the terrorists had no intention of targeting pilgrims but the latter came in the way of their escape.
The speaker claims that this is the version of the J&K Police. But there are conflicting versions. Some of them quote police saying that terrorists first attacked a police camp, then went towards Batingo where the bus came under attack. What is important is that police have constantly maintained that this is a terrorist attack. They did not say “whosoever are the killers”.
All of a sudden, the entire narrative shifts from Amarnath pilgrims to Kashmir agitation. There is no connection between the two. Where the hell did the tale of pellet guns come into the picture? Oh, so we should condemn all violence, isn’t it? Well, then, why the heck did no one even acknowledge the Hindu names who were lynched, the Hindu homes that were burned down in West Bengal or the name of DSP Ayub Pandith at the previous #NotInMyName protest? Is it because the perpetrators in those cases were Islamists?
Children at a school in Ahmedabad pray for Amarnath pilgrims who were killed by terrorists. PTI
Again, the same political hatred spin. And how can we equate a murder or a communal violence to a terrorist attack?
Terrorism n communal hatred r not the same #AmarnathTerrorAttack is terrorism. Yes, communal hatred has to end, but lets not confuse the two https://t.co/hT5RjjWF04 — Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) July 11, 2017
Terrorism n communal hatred r not the same #AmarnathTerrorAttack is terrorism. Yes, communal hatred has to end, but lets not confuse the two https://t.co/hT5RjjWF04
— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) July 11, 2017
The truth is that those who were killed were killed because they were Hindus on a pilgrimage. And they were killed by terrorists who are backed by Pakistan and receive support from some inimical elements inside India. The fact doesn’t change no matter how one sees it.